Saturday 28 May 2016

I've been waiting for you...

One of the things that got me through chemotherapy was that we had a family holiday to look forward to.

I remember being sat at my mum and dads house after one of my many chemo sessions feeling sick, bald and full of poison. I was quite frankly feeling pretty fed up and bloody sorry for myself when dad peered out from above his iPad and announced that he'd just booked me a holiday. 

They had booked and paid for us all to go to Arenal d'en Castell in Menorca. 

It was my dads 60th birthday in May so a family holiday was a great way to celebrate, as well as celebrate me finishing a big part of my treatment.

My mum and dad always know how to cheer me up. I'm a lucky girl! 

My oncologist thought a holiday was a great idea and so in May off we went. 

Arenal d'en Castell is a lovely, quiet area of Menorca. We stayed at the White Sands Beach Club in a 3 bed apartment, which was fab. It had two balconies and a massive roof terrace, which was great to enjoy some pre-dinner sangria. 

There are quite a few nice restaurants in the area a particular favourite of mine was The Good Bridge Restaurant. I also enjoyed The Alcalde, which did a fabulous Chateaubriand that the chef set on fire at the table. The Alcalde also did some great cocktails! 

The White Sands Beach Club also has a restaurant on site that is very good. We enjoyed a T- Bone steak their on our first night, which was yummy. They also do great cocktails. Although go easy on the Pina Coladas. They are strong! Thats based on personal experiance. 

I'm sure you all know by now I love a decent food pic so here's a few from the week. 

There's not too much to do in Arenal d'en Castell apart from the aforementioned eating and drinking but that was great for me as I still can't walk too far. However, we did manage a few days out. We went to Mercredal and enjoyed a really nice Tapas at The Tapas Gastropub (yes I'm still on about food). 

We also spent a lovely day in Mahon, the capital. The food market there was out of this world. It had a lovely harbour as well as quite a few nice shops. There was a jewellery shop in the centre that I really wish was in England. Mum kindly bought me quite a few bits but I could of easily come out of their looking like Mr T with the amount of necklaces et al that I wanted. Sorry needed! 

Lunch in Mahon was spent at Sa Gavina, which was my favourite Tapas by far. Even my dad liked it and he isn't a fan of Tapas. 

We finished our trip to Mahon at the gin factory. Samples of gin were all free to try. I don't remember how many samples I had...or what flavour they were...or what they were called. Needless to say I had a great (very merry) time! 

The weather in Menorca wasn't great in May but I think it was good for me as I had only finished radiotherapy a couple of months prior so I didn't want to risk getting sunburnt anyway. However if I was to go again I may go later in the year as it was a little chilly in the evenings.

I took my wigs and turbans with me to Menorca, but despite the weather being cooler than expected I still felt hot and itchy with my wig on. So I'm pleased to say 'Fantasy' the wig came off on day one and hasn't been worn since. Going 'wig-less' on holiday gave me the confidence to ditch the wigs and turbans once I was home so I'm now embracing the short haired look. I'm thankfully a lot less bald now. However, my glasses still make me look like Harry Hill. A less hot and itchy Harry Hill though so that can't be a bad thing. 

Here's a couple more pics from Menorca.

Me and Michele also recently went to Liverpool over the bank holiday weekend. I bought Michele an 'Ultimate Beatles Package' for Christmas a couple of years ago but with everything that was going on recently we just hadn't got round to using it. So it was great to finally book it and it was something to look forward to after we got back from Menorca.

We stayed for two nights at The Hard Days Night Hotel. The Hard Days Night Hotel is a really nice hotel in the centre of Liverpool. I thought, as it was a themed hotel, it may be a little tacky but they had decorated it in Beatles memorabilia in a really classy way. 

We went on a few of the Beatles trips that were included in the package such as the Magical Mystery tour and the tour of the Beatles museum. We also had a private Beatles taxi tour, which was really good. 

We ate at Bacaro, which was near our hotel that served Venitian Tapas. The tapas here was really good. So good in fact that we went to The Salthouse tapas on the second night with our friends Matt and Sian. 

We had a great night at the Carvern Club as well as some of the cocktail bars by the docks. As I struggle to walk too far we ended up renting city bikes over to the docks. Yes cycling is pretty tiring but at least it's over a hell of a lot quicker than walking in Topshop wedges. Wish I hadn't worn a mini dress though.

Liverpool you were great.

P.s. Sorry for flashing you!


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